From Hell to Paradise: Celebrating 700 Years of Dante Alighieri @ Central

From Hell to Paradise: Celebrating 700 Years of Dante Alighieri @ Central
Tuesday, October 12, 2021, 6:30-7:30 PM

The year 2021 is very special for Italians and those who love Italian culture, as it marks the 700th anniversary of the death of the great Italian poet Dante Alighieri. This multimedia presentation provides a brief history of Dante and includes a discussion of his literary works, with a focus on his famous allegorical poem The Divine Comedy.

This lecture is intended for a general audience and is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Please click here to register or contact the library for assistance at zach@cranstonlibrary.org or 401-943-9080 x3.

Head shot of presenter Al CrudaleAlfred R. Crudale, a native of the Knightsville section of Cranston, is a lecturer in the Italian department at the University of Rhode Island. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Ph.D. in Italian Literature. Dr. Crudale has presented and published several essays on Dante Alighieri and the poets of the “Dolce Stil Nuovo.” His essay entitled “Versi d’Amore e Prose di Romanzi: Are the Poets of the Dolce Stil Nuovo Still Relevant?” was published in the International Journal of the Humanities, and he presented his latest essay, “The Body Damned, the Body Saved, the Body Glorified: Portrayals of the Body in Dante’s Commedia” at the John D. Calandra Institute in New York City. His forthcoming book, The Voices of Italy: Italian Language Newspapers and Radio Programs in Rhode Island, is scheduled for release in 2022.